mental health families & friends TASMANIA offers fortnightly online peer support sessions for families and friends who support a person with mental ill health.

As a support person, it is important to take a break and spend some time talking to people who understand what you’re going through. We can’t always get together in person and that’s why we have created our Online Safe Space.

We hope that our Online Safe Space video chats will provide an opportunity to share how you are feeling with others who understand the ups and downs of being a family member or friend of someone affected by mental ill health. We will also host guest speakers and share relevant videos or podcasts from time to time. Our chats are open to anyone over the age of 18 living in Tasmania and supporting a person with mental ill health.

If you would like to join, please let us know by registering.  You’ll be sent a confirmation email with details on how to join the chat. Please note that it can take up to two working days for your confirmation email to come through.

Our Online Safe Space chats are hosted using the video call platform, Zoom. If you are not familiar with Zoom, or would like a reminder, please take a look at the Zoom instructions below.

How do I use Zoom?

You will be able to attend our Online Safe Space chats using Zoom.  You do not need your own account to register, just the link and meeting ID that we send you.

We are conscious of your privacy and have taken measures to ensure your security when using Zoom. These include a specific password for each meeting and suggestions for maintaining your privacy during our meetings. For more information, please take a look at the guidelines for our video chats.

If this is your first time using Zoom, don’t worry, many of us have not used Zoom before! Please look at the step by step instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting. If things are still feeling a bit unfamiliar, you can get in touch with us by email.


Based on your feedback, we have decided to run the Online Safe Space sessions fortnightly. Each session will be held at 6.30 pm on a Wednesday evening or 1:00 pm on a Wednesday lunch time and will run for 1 to 1.5 hours.

The sessions will be held in English.

Before joining us online, please read our guidelines for video chats.

Our Next Chats

Wednesday 21 July 2021 (6:30 – 7:30 pm) – Navigating the Maze

This week, we will be talking about our experiences navigating support systems – we will chat about what has worked for us, and where we have experienced difficulties.

Register for this session here!


Wednesday 4 August 2021 (1:00 – 2:00 pm) – Supporting someone who takes medication for their mental ill health and /or substance use

This week, we will be taking about how we can support someone who takes medication for their mental ill health and / or substance (AOD) use.

Register for this session here!  


Wednesday 18 August 2021 (6:30 – 7:30 pm) – Supporting someone who experiences substance use / alcohol and drug issues

This week, we will be taking about how we can support someone who experiences alcohol and drug issues, and our experiences as support people.

Register for this session here!  

Register for a session above contact us for more information.

Upcoming Chats

We will have more information about future chats soon but save these dates for now.

  • Wednesday 21 July 2021 (Night Session: 6:30 – 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesday 4 August 2021 (Lunch Session: 1:00 – 2:00 pm)
  • Wednesday 18 August 2021 (Night Session: 6:30 – 7:30 pm)

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